Player of the game: Houston guard James Harden had 38 points as the Rockets secured the final playoff spot in the Western Conference by dispatching the shorthanded Kings 116-81 Wednesday night at Toyota Center.
Turning point: Once the Kings decided to suit up only eight players, the game was as good as over. The Kings didn’t lead, falling behind 10-2 to start and trailing by as many as 30 in the second quarter.
X-factor: The Kings just didn’t have the manpower to make the game competitive. Between injuries and rest, the Kings were without their top six scorers.
Records: Kings 33-49, Rockets 41-41
Key injuries: Omri Casspi (hamstring), Marco Belinelli (foot) and DeMarcus Cousins, Darren Collison, Rudy Gay, Rajon Rondo and Caron Butler (rest) were all out for Sacramento. Eric Moreland (foot) did not finish the game.